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talking about the possible suspects, hezbollah, iran, syria, also al qaeda, the suspects in benghazi bombing fled to turkey after that bombing. >> lots of suspects in this. thanks guy, appreciate it. we get to "cnn newsroom" with carol costello begins right now. >> hi, soledad. stories we're watching right now in "the newsroom" the blast felt around the world. suicide bomber strikes just outside the u.s. embassy in turkey. we have the latest on this developing story. mistakenly freed a convicted murderer on the loose, the latest on the frantic search to find him. popular cough and cold syrups you may have in your cupboard are being recalled because the caps on the bottles aren't child proof enough. plus -- i can't even explain to you how insane it is in bat herher baltimore. >> what time is it? >> game time! >> what time is it?
>> game time! >> big dogs in the house! >> woof, woof! a couple of hours ago a bomber got as close to the front gate of the u.s. embassy in turkey before detonating. the state department scrambles to beef up security in response to the deadly attack on americans in benghazi, libya. nicholas burns is former state department official joins us from cambridge, massachusetts, good morning. >> good morning, carol. >> so this in all respects the suicide bomber targeted the u.s. embassy in turkey. what do you make of that? >> well, it's just hard to know the motives and no group has claimed responsibility for this incident but i will say this, carol, we have been, the state department has been fortifying its embassies for the last 20 or 30 years in this age of terrorism, and the u.s. government puts an extraordinary amount of time and attention to protecting its diplomats.
we also rely on host governments and a determined terrorist attacker we've seen in this the past can sometimes get through and we lost one of our employees, a turkish employee today. >> one of the turkish security guards guarding that embassy was killed in that attack. as far as we know, no americans were hurt. tell us what it must have been like inside that embassy as the suicide bomber detonated himself. >> no one can imagine, the concern, the fear, the confusion in a bomb blast like this. unfortunately, the reality for our american diplomats, our foreign services officers overseas they have to live in this environment. many embassy including our consulate in benghazi attacked just recently. security is job number one for the state department overseas, it has to be. there's a misconception sometimes in our public discourse here in the united states that we are totally responsible for our own security. we've actually relied in over 275 different cities around the
world, where our embassies and consulates are, we rely on host governments, on security forces, on the militaries and police forces in host countries so it's a joint responsibility, and obviously the state department will have to look into this and try to determine who is responsible. >> nicholas burns, former ambassador, thank you so much for joining us this morning. we'll have much more from turkey later on ins in ns s i"cnn news" the colorful mayor of new york city has died, much beloved. his signature line? >> am i doing all right? am i doing okay? >> yeah, we remember that, the 88-year-old koch had been in and out of the hospital recently. he died of congestive heart failure. his funeral will be monday in a synagogue near central park. koch served three terms as mayor starting in 1978. he later found a new rule for
his jubilant combative personality on the people's court and hosted a radio show and never left his beloved hometown. let's bring in john berman in new york, so what will be the mayor's political legacy you think? >> carol i don't think you can overstate his political legacy. for more than ten years ed koch was synonymous with new york. new york city was teetering on the brink of bankruptcy and by sheer force of will and a pr salesman, ed koch really lifted new york out from the doldrums and in a statement today the current mayor michael bloomberg said new york city lost an irrepressable icon our most charismatic lecheerleader and champion. ed koch has been out of office for more than 20 years but still had tremendous, tremendous reach in this city. his political ideology changed over the years. he was a four-term congressman before he was mayor, a liberal,
a real liberal in new york city, then he shifted to the right over his time as the mayor, and then in 2004 he actually endorsed george w. bush for the presidency. he was controversial at times, a lot of heated racial conflict in new york city in his time as mayor but when you think back at the legacy which was your original question it was this man who adored new york, who bled, who sweated for this city and truly, truly loved it. >> he did. i remember. i did a lot of interviews with mayor koch, feisty until the end. that's for sure. >> oh, yeah. >> john berman, many thanks to you. let's turn to the economy and new and encouraging signs this rng mmorning, more evidenc jobs market is recovering, albeit agonizingly slowly. 157,000 jobs were added last month and later this hour, wall street begins the day a little giddy. the dow celebrating its best january gains since 1994, and it all comes on the heels of president obama disbanding his
jobs council, a group of business leaders who advised him on the economy. republicans were quick to seize on the news, scoffing at the white house's handling of the council and the economy overall. >> if the white house spent nearly as much time trying to actually fix the economy as it did claiming it was fixed and then finding excuses and sca scape goats when its premature announcements were false i suspected the economy would be better than it is doing here today. >> christine romans, is he right? the unemployment rate is still what, 7.9% now. >> yes, 7.9%, 157,000 jobs created in january. that's modest hiring. that is an economy that is healing still slowly but carol when you look at the end of the year, we had some revisions to the jobs creation in november and december. i want to show you the end of the year, things look stronger
than we thought at the end of the year so hiring was picking up in november and december. hiring picking up enough, carol, to actually eat into the number of people who are out there still looking in the wake of the recession. one area i wanted to show you that's really important i think when you look at construction jobs, carol, 28,000 net construction jobs added, that's because of hurricane sandy cleanup, and the housing market, carol, is getting a little bit better so we're adding some construction jobs. >> i so like to hear positive news. christine romans thanks so much from new york. at the bottom of this hour i'm going to talk to a former member of the president's jobs council, co-founder of aol, steve case, so stick around for that. new pictures this morning of reporters dogging democratic new jersey senator robert menendez. in case you're wondering these pictures were taken outside of his house in washington, d.c. menendez fighting allegations he violated finance laws and had
sex with underaged prostitutes. he gave his first on camera comments to cnn regarding this issue. >> reporter: senator menendez do you have any response to violating any campaign finance laws? >> i have comments printed at any office. >> reporter: nameless, faceless? >> anonymous allegations. you should find out who that is. >> the senator is in line to become chairman of the senate foreign relations committee. scary moments for some alaska air passengers. flight was forced to make an emergency landing because the captain passed out. >> and then all of a sudden the attendant started running up and down the aisle, i've never seen them go so fast and they announced if there's any doctors or nurses or anyone aboard to please come forward and then the rumor spread that it was the pilot. >> we saw the flight attendants run into the cockpit pretty
quickly and as soon as that happened you know there's something going on and then the cockpit door opened and they lay the pilot on the floor, and went and got the defibrillator, that's what it was or some medical equipment and began to work on him. she asked if there were any medical personnel on board, emt, paramedics and doctors. one young lady came up to the front as well as another young man, worked on him for a while and he seemed to be okay. i think he hit his head. >> wow. the first officer landed the plane in portland, organize oh, while a doctor who happened to be on board treated the captain. the captain was taken to an area hospital. in atlanta an armed school resource officer apprehends a shooter moments after he shot a fellow student. these are the same type of armed officers the nra is proposing for schools. the 14-year-old was shot by another student outside the school, in what police are calling a previous disagreement. the teenager who was shot was treated and released from a
local hospital. charges are of course pending against the shooter. it was a mistake, a dangerous one, sheriffs deputies in chicago inadvertently released a dangerous killer instead of transporting him back to prison. manhunt is under way in illinois and indiana, steven robbins was in court on unrelated charges. the charges were dropped but instead of being returned to indiana to complete his 60-year sentence for murder, robbins was released by the cook county sheriff's office. ted rowlands is in chicago. how dangerous is this man? >> reporter: well, carol, clearly he didn't plan an escape so this is a guy who has realistically no resources. it is hovering around zero outside in the midwest in terms of temperature with windchills below zero. he's got to be desperate to find shelter, to find money so he is clearly dangerous, and they want to bring him in as soon as possible. he was serving a 60-year
sentence for murder and unlawful gun possession charges. he was convicted in 2004 in the state of indiana, and warrants have been issued in both indiana and illinois. the big question is of course how did this happen? how was he let go? he came here for a hearing on drug charges, even though he was serving this murder charge in indiana, they brought him to chicago to face these drug charges, old drug charges. they were dropped, as soon as he got into court and then when he left the courtroom, he went along with the other guys who had their charges dropped apparently and he was just let out, so within an instant the guy is out on the street and they're desperately trying to find him. >> why did they bring him to chicago to an open courtroom if they're going to drop the charges? >> that's the big question. believe it or not this happened three years ago in chicago as well. they brought a sex offender up from mississippi to answer to some charges that were dropped. they let him go, in that case, he got out and turned around and basically turned himself in
because he had nowhere to go. the hope is that mr. robbins will do the same. >> ted rowlands reporting live from chicago this morning. a quarterback, the player for the san francisco 49ers says gays cannot be in the locker room. now he's apologizing. we'll talk to someone who says an apology is not enough. he says chris culliver needs to be suspended.
15 minutes past the hour. time to take a look at our top stories. tri triaminic and theraflu are being recalled because the caps are not fully child proofed. novartis received four reports of accidental ingestion by children. get more information about the products and questions at cnn.com. it's day four of a tense hostage standoff in southeast alabama where a 5-year-old boy
is being held hostage in an underground bunker, this is a graphic animation, just like the one in alabama in a small town of midland city, friends and neighbors are speaking out with anger toward jimmy lee dykes. >> i hope they get you and i hope you live the rest of your life in prison and you never see the day of light again. you're going to pay for what you did to this little boy and that bus driver. >> in north texas a manhunt is on to find whoever shot a prosecutor outside a courthouse. kaufman county district attorney mike mcclellan had this message for the shooters. >> we're very confident that we're going to find you, we're going to pull you out of whatever hole you're in and we're going to bring you back and let the people of kaufman county prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law. >> there's a $20,000 reward for information that could lead to a
conviction. oh, it is cold in the upper midwest today. you can see temperatures in minnesota with windchills that make it feel like minus 25 degrees. that's what it's like in minneapolis and it feels like minus 27 in international falls. woo! san francisco is one of the most gay friendly cities in the world, so imagine how shocked some fans were when one of their beloved 49ers said this. >> what about gay guys, any of them approached you? >> no, i don't do the gay guys, i don't do that no. >> are there any on the 49ers? >> no, they don't got no gay people on the team. they have to get up without of ever they do. can't be with the sweet true. >> is that true? >> that's true. >> they might be able to play well. >> no? >> no, no, you can't be in the locker room -- no. >> that's chris culliver, a backup cornerback for the 49ers, as you might imagine within
hours public outcry led to an apology. >> first i don't have no difference or anything in other sexualities and you know, just like that, and like i said that's not what i feel in my heart and i treat everyone equal, any type of way so it's not how i feel. >> joining us from new york is michael angelo, a sirius xm radio host and editor for requesting the huffington post gay voices." good morning, michael. >> good morning, carol. >> did he sort of forget he played for san francisco? >> you know, it really is shocking to hear comments like that from somebody playing for san francisco, and the 49ers have been very out front about supporting lgbt people and the nfl has really been saying it's going to take on homophobia so you have to wonder also about the sensitivity training and what they've really done in talking to these players. >> well he did apologize.
did you think his apology was sincere? >> it didn't seem sincere at all, particularly his written apology before he had come out and spoken. he said these were just reflections in his head, not in his heart, and i'm not quite sure what that means and his pr guy said we all misinterpreted what he said. i think it was pretty clear what he said. he said that closeted gay players should not think about coming out, and that's a threat to them. >> so what do you think should happen, if an apology is not enough? >> i think there need to be ramifications, repercussions, otherwise all of the nfl's claims to take on homophobia are just empty gestures, suspension is something that they did for a player on the 49ers just a month ago, brendan jacobs, when he spoke out in a negative tone about his bosses. he tweeted something about his bosses and they suspended him. so are they saying that the team
management, you know, is something more important than gay players and gay fans in terms of being insulted? i think there have to be some repercussions, a fine, something. it can't just go like this otherwise what stops another player from doing the same thing? >> well, it's interesting, because this comes on the heels of the ravens player, brendan ayandadejo is promoting same-sex marriage and wants to use the super bowl to do it. >> i have this huge platform, it's a message of pass activity and equality and it's not going to affect the way i play football but affect a lot of people's lives off the field. >> so maybe the best defense against this, forgive the pun, but is other players like pressuring players like culliver to maybe change their minds. >> absolutely. brendan ayanbadejo has been a
tremendous advocate as chris clucl kluitt of the minnesota vikings. another player of the vikings came out in opposing gay marriage. if you have an issue and engage in it civilly that's one thing but if you defame a member of the group there has to be zero tolerance. the nfl should be embarrassed, horribly embarrassed by this. if it were jews or blacks or any other group, he would be fired from the team. that's what they need to do in terms of taking a strong stance. >> michael angelo, sirius xm radio radio and "huffington post" contributor thank you for joining us. >> thank you, carol. baltimore fans are crazy! >>. ♪ oh, oh, oh, oh >> we're in drinking town with a football problem.
and when you meet them, you'll understand exactly what i mean. it's early morning in sbalt more and the city glows ravens purple. >> it's 6:12, on the inner harbor. >> reporter: radio station wiyy is hosting an alcohol-fueled ravens pep rally. ♪ oh, oh, oh, oh, oh >> we're a drinking town with a football problem. that's baltimore. we tailgate for the football games and everything. we're die-hard, we bleed purple. we love the ravens. >> what other city is up at 6:00 in the morning partying on a monday? we know we got work. we don't care. we're supporting our team. >> reporter: i can't even explain to you how insane it is here in baltimore. >> what time is it? >> game time! >> what time is it? >> game time. >> big dogs in the house. >> woof, woof! >> ladies and gentlemen your
super bowl bound baltimore ravens. >> reporter: crazy, right? not if you understand the ravens are baltimore, a symbol for a city eager to overcome its gritty image. >> we love you, we love you, we'll give you everything we got. >> reporter: no one has epitomized baltimore's road to redemption is ray lewis. make no mistake lewis defines the ravens. >> we have a tenacious team. one of our mottos is being relentless, the history of baltimore, the story of our people and the ravens play that out every time they take the field. >> let's go, super bowl, let's go! >> reporter: the ravens are feeding this fanaticism by support i supporting captain defense, captain purple and poetic justice. every nfl has team mascots who are active in the community. >> no offense to the other 31 teams, but we got the best super fans in the nfl. >> reporter: let's face it, what
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pretty strong jobs report showing that the economy added about 157,000 jobs in january. it wasn't quite what everybody expected, it was a little on the soft side, still wall street seems pretty sweet on it. the hope is now that that momentum can carry through this new year, and with a good jobs report comes that expectation that the dow could hit the milestone of 14,000 today. it is inching closer to that. who knows carol, it could hit 14,000 before your second latte today. >> that's coming soon, alison, so better do it quick. we'll get back to you to see if it does. thank you so much, alison kosik reporting live from the new york stock exchange. they are some of the biggest names in corporate america and today they are out of a job, well sort of. i'm talking about the members of the white house jobs council, which was created to stimulate u.s. job growth. these are scenes from the group's last meeting with president obama, which took place a little more than a year ago. the jobs council came together just four times since its
creation two years ago, and those infrequent sessions has led to some sharp criticism. press secretary jay carney defending the group and the. the in this heated exchange. >> on the jobs council, why did it only meet four times? if this was such an important tool for the administration to get input from the business community -- >> the jobs council provided a series of ideas, many of which the president acted on. it did not require a formal meeting for those ideas to be generated or work on by other the jobs council or the administration. >> he hasn't met with the jobs koinl in over a year. isn't that problematic? >> why -- it's a group he created that did very effective work on behalf of the country and this administration and president. it was a two-year charter and the charter has expired. >> you're talking about a two-year charter but if he hasn't met with it for a year. >> i think i answered the question. i appreciate the fact you are more concerned with meetings
than progress, and there is no creation. there is no dispute over the fact that when this president took office, the economy was -- there's no disputing that economic decline was reversed and that's the measure of your commitment to job creation and economic growth. >> steve case is the chairman and ceo of revolution llc and also the co-founder of aol. he was also a member of the white house jobs council, and he joins us now from washington. good morning. >> good morning. >> so first question's got to be, why did you guys only meet four times in two years? >> i think it may be a little bit overblown. i had over 100 meetings related to the jobs council. i was asked to chair the initiative entrepreneurship, some of the meetings full council, 26 people, a lot of those were phone calls but we had meetings all over the country, a lot of meetings with the white house and a lot of meetings with folks in congress, republicans and democrats, we
were able to build bipartisan support for the jumpstarting the business last spring, we helped introducing the startup act.0, bipartisan support in the senate, working over the comprehensive solutions being talked about. from the prism of entrepreneurship with one compliment of the jobs council, we made good progress in the last two years but there's a lot of work to be done and with continued white house support from the president, and james earle and valerie jarrett and others have been helpful, i think we can keep moving this agenda forward. >> just to be clear you guys didn't really just meet four times. is it just you met four times in washington and then you met in other places in the country and did teleconferences? >> there were four meetings with everybody in the jobs council but the real work like most of these efforts is in the specific groups. there was things around infrastructure, things around workforce training. my focus was on entrepreneurs p entrepreneurship. we had over 100 meetings, we
spent a lot of time on it. the reason things got done was there was bipartisan support so i credit the president and the white house team for putting it in place and making it a nonpartisan council and i credit the people in congress including the republicans who took some of those ideas and ran with them, which is why the jobs acts passed and why the startup act 2.0 has been introduced and why there is a discussion around the rather important of winning the global battle of talent around high skilled immigration as part of the immigration discussion. good progress in two years but there's still work to be done. we need to continue to make bipartisan support. >> i heard you say eric cantor but john boehner also spoke out on the issue, the house speaker, he's a republican, his spokesperson responded to the ending of the jobs council this way, "whether ignoring the group or rejecting its recommendations, the president treated his jobs council as more of a nuisance than a vehicle to spur job creation. the president has also been slammed for ignoring his deficit commission." so is he at odds with eric cantor? is he right?
>> well i've chose on it stay out of the politics and try to focus on policy and particularly try to focus on building bipartisan support for policies around entrepreneurialship. the reason we're the leading competent in the world isn't the work of an accident but entrepreneurs. focusing on people and watching that, ultimately in the action of playing companies but washington plays a role making it easier to invest, improving access to talent around immigration, improving access to capital with crowd funding and ipos with the jobs act, it only can happen in a bipartisan way so i understand kind of the debates and the fun when people go back and forth with the talking points. the reality is republicans and democrats have come together around entrepreneurship over the past couple years, we need to continue to build progress with or without a jobs council and that's what i'll continue to try to help facilitate. >> steve case thank you for joining us this morning. we appreciate it. >> thank you. breaking her silence and
emotional stress can lead to cardiovascular disease. >> emotional stress from disasters like earthquakes or floods can trigger heart attacks, even death. but the super bowl? los angeles researchers studied football fans there in the 1980s, they found a super bowl loss by the l.a. rams was associated with more cardiac deaths than the win by the l.a. raiders four years later, and the difference was more dramatic among women than men. they also found intensity of the game mattered. the rams' 1980 loss to the pittsburgh steelers was a nail-biter. super bowl party rituals like overeating, drinking and smoking may be part of the problem. >> all of these things lead to disturbances in your blood pressure, heart rate and how the blood vessels are working. >> there's no one size fits all for prevention but the doctor has advice. >> pay particular attention to not getting carried away. >> reporter: this precaution applies to all smokers and
it was the national anthem heard round the country, or was it? beyonce under fire for lip syncing at the inauguration, and after staying silent for more than a week, the superstar finally answered her critics in one dramatic fashion. ♪ o, say can you see by the dawn's early light ♪ ♪ what so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming ♪ ♪ whose broad stripes and bright
♪ o'er the land of the free and the home of the brave ♪ ♪ the brave [ cheers and applause ] thank you, g guys so much. any questions? >> "any questions?" joining me is prince charles alexander, he's worked with many artists including destiny's child where beyonce of course got her start. good morning. >> good morning, carol, how are you today? >> i'm good. i was one of those people who were, i mean i was appalled that
she lip sync at the inauguration. i wanted her to sing live and she obviously could have done it, so did she quiet her critics? >> well, i think she quieted her critics. i listened to the performance, well i listened it to last night and again just now. it's a great performance. her original performance was a great performance whether you get it from the tape or whether you just check it out for what it was. it was a performance. beyonce is both a singer and entertainer and i think that she made the entertainment call or the i want to give a good performance call at the inauguration. >> but here's the thing, in watching her at that press conference sing it live, she had such passion and it wasn't perfect. at times she hit some of the wrong notes but it made it more real to me. she had passion in there, and at the inauguration it was just perfect. >> well you know, there are a couple of events that are occurring. we had the inauguration, we have a super bowl coming up, we have grammy weekend coming up, so
there is a long slate of performances that beyonce will have to be ready for, and you know, she wanted to be perfect. it was a call that she made, and i think ultimately with the performer that has that kind of voice, which is the most sensitive instrument, i kind of would err on the side she made a good call for that particular performance. >> come on -- >> i've seen her sing live. >> if you listen to like jimi hendrix, he never lip synced and his performances weren't perfect but he's a classic or janis joplin, she didn't sing in perfect harmony all the time but we remember them as fantastic artists. why does everything have to be so perfect now? >> well, it's interesting to me, you know, i was always under the assumption that the 1991 performance by whitney houston was a live performance. i was shocked ben rickey minor told the world that was lip
synced. we have the ability now to kind of pull the curtain away from the wizard of oz and see what's going on behind the scenes and i think what beyonce did was show you i did levitate when i performed but i actually can levitate. >> i know but i still wish she would have, i don't know. some part, a little piece of me, and i love beyonce but i was disappointed. >> i love her, too. it's amazing this became a story and it's amazing that, you know, i do feel a little bit of what you're going through, that you would prefer to see this great entertainer entertain us in a great fashion. i think that, like i said, beyonce is a singer and an entertainer and i think the entertainer in her won out that day. she wanted to give us a great performance and i did come away thinking it was a great performance. i didn't really know that she lip synced and people asked me what did i think? i looked at the tape, looked acht the taat the tape ad nauseam and came
away unsure. the only way i knew she lip synced because i knew before she said so was the fact that she didn't respond in social media. if somebody's going to tell you, say well you lip synced and you know that you sung, oh, you're going to try to let people know. and she didn't, and that was the only thing that let me know that she lip synced. >> i wish she would have come out quickly. we could talk about this all day. thank you so much for joining us this morning. we appreciate it. >> sure. that was fun, and you know, i'm sure she'll give us more great performances and look out for the super bowl. >> i know, sunday she will. we're getting ready for the big game actually with the "cnn newsroom" super bowl special, next hour outside the superdome, we'll have a face-off between the san francisco and baltimore mayors, plus we'll talk with the super bowl chef and yes, there is one.
oh, some scary moments for some alaska air passengers. a flight from los angeles to seattle was forced to make an emergency landing because the captain passed out. >> and then all of a sudden the attendants started running up and down the aisle. and they announced if there were any doctors and nurses or anyone aboard, please come forward. and then the rumor spread that it was the pilot.
>> we saw the flight attendants run into the cockpit pretty quickly. and so as soon as that happens, you know, there's something going wrong. and then the cockpit door opened and they laid the pilot on the floor. and went and got the defibrillator, i think is what it was. she asked if there were any medical personnel onboard, emt, paramedics, doctors, and one young lady came up to the front as well as another young man. and they worked on him for a while and he seemed to be okay. i think he hit his head. >> can you imagine? the first officer landed the plane in portland, oregon, while that doctor who happened to be onboard the plane treated the captain. the captain was taken to an area hospital. the justice department is worried beer in the united states is going to cost too much so it's moving to block a merger by the makers of budweiser and corona. executives at both companies say that will not happen. the maker of budweiser, anheuser-busch already owns half of the company that makes
corona. steve harvey hosting the naacp image awards tonight. they celebrate the accomplishments of people of color in tv, film, music, and literature. this year's nominations are led by django unchained and beasts of the southern wild. nfl players trust their teammates but maybe not their team doctors. a union survey has surprising results. [ wind howls ] [ dog barks ] ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] something powerful is coming. ♪ see it on february 3rd. ♪
a disturbing statistic about nfl player safety coming out this super bowl week. according to a survey taken by nfl players association, 78% of the players have absolutely no trust in their team doctors. at the nfl p.a.'s annual state of the union address, the executive director, the union president, said the league must fully credential all team medical personnel. >> our standpoint is we want to know who is providing the care to hour players. so, you know, for us, it would start with certainly what we get from the national football league. the name, where the person went to school, who are they affiliated with, what their practice area is. we want to do a deeper dive. we want to know if, for example,
there's been any complaints against the doctor for malpractice. we want to know if there's any judgments against them. we'd like to know more detailed information about how the teams selected their doctors. >> smith attacked the league for locking out referees a the the start of the season calling it a deliberate disregard for player safety. commissioner roger goodell may respond to the concern later today. las vegas stands to profit from super bowl wagering, not just on who wins the game, but from those who lose prop bets. here's one of the few sillier ones. how long will the national anthem take? the over/under is 2:15. how many times will cbs broadcasters mention harbaugh bowl or some form of it? the line is 2.5. and one more harbaugh wager. which brother will be shown on camera first? all bets are off if they're in a split screen. that's a quick look at sports this morning. the next hour of cnn newsroom after a quick break. [ woman ] my boyfriend and i were going on vacation,
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stories we're watching right now, a suicide bomber strikes at the u.s. embassy in turkey. the search is on for who's behind this deadly terrorist attack. the man who made a mockery of manti te'o now talking about the fictional girlfriend he killed off. >> i tried every other way to end this. i tried this lie and this lie and this lie, but nothing would work. but he says his emotions were not faked. he was really in love. a few good pot heads, ideally with law degrees, that's what officials in washington, d.c. say they need to help regulate their market. talk to the mayors of the rival cities and the chef of the super bowl. how about some alligator sausage? "newsroom" starts now.
and good morning, thank you so much for joining us, i'm carol costello. right now, u.s. officials are scrambling who's behind this morning's suicide bombing outside the u.s. embassy in turkey. one person was killed, two more wounded, none of them american. today's attack comes as the state department struggles to beef up security in response to that deadly attack on americans in benghazi, libya. ivan watson is our senior international correspondent who joins us live. and i guess this is a reminder that u.s. embassies these days are under attack. >> they do come under attack. this is not the first time that a u.s. diplomatic mission has been attacked in turkey, carol. in this case, the state department is calling this a terrorist blast, turkish authorities say this was a suicide bomber killing one turkish guard who worked at the embassy and wounding another turkish citizen.
from the initial glances at this, it does look like the fortifications, the protective measures around the embassy did appear to work. it doesn't seem like the suicide bomber got beyond that first bunker-like structure that guests and diplomatic personnel have to go through to try to get into the embassy. the u.s. ambassador was unhurt. he's come out and given a statement praying for the speedy recovery of a turkish woman who was wounded and expressing remorse for the death of the turkish guard. this was in a very heavily protected area with a lot of security personnel, and there are a lot of questions going to be asked now, which group may have wanted to carry out this attack against the u.s. embassy. >> ivan watson reporting live this morning. back here at home in the united states, a hostage drama enters a fourth day in southeast, alabama. police say communications still open with the man accused of
killing a school bus driver and then taking a 5-year-old boy hostage. they're still holed up in the man's underground bunker. police say they believe the child is unharmed, at least, physically. it was a mistake and a dangerous one. sheriff deputies in chicago inadvertently released a dangerous killer instead of transporting him back to prison. this morning, a man hunt is underway in illinois and indiana. steven robbins, this man, was in court on unrelated charges. those charges were dropped, but instead of being returned to indiana to complete his 60-year sentence for murder, robbins was released by the cook county sheriff's office. the breaking news reporter for the "chicago tribune" has been following the story. good morning. >> good morning, how are you? >> i'm good. any luck on the man hunt so far? >> not yet. they're broadcasting his description and a little bit of what happened on the police radio every hour in chicago, but
they haven't tracked him down yet. there's some thought he might be in areas where he used to live on the south side of chicago. but no sign of him yet. >> it just makes you wonder how this could've happened and what this killer's reaction was when deputies just freed him. >> well, i'm sure he was pretty happy. unfortunately, this is not the first time this has happened. basically the same thing happened in 2009. what's happened here is an old, lesser charge they wanted to drop was dropped the other day, and robbins was released. but the fact he had been brought in from indiana from the indiana prison system wasn't noted on his file apparently. same thing happened in 2009 when a mississippi inmate who was serving a long sentence was brought to have charges dropped here in cook county. they didn't note that he was serving a 30-year prison
sentence in mississippi, and he was released in cook county after his cook county charges were dropped. >> so how dangerous is this man? >> well, he certainly has a history of violence. the case that they brought him in for, some people have been describing it as a drug case, and that was one of the charges. but it was an armed violence case, meaning that he may have been using a gun or another weapon. and he was convicted in a very heated argument and fight in which he killed someone who appears he didn't know before after they met at a party in indianapolis. that's what he's serving the 60-year prison sentence for. >> liam ford, thanks for filling us in. we appreciate it. >> thank you, have a good day. >> you too. one of the worst days in nasa history took place ten years ago today. it was on this date in 2003 that the space shuttle "columbia"
broke up over texas during reentry. all seven astronauts were killed because unknown to them debris hit the shuttle wing during the launch. this morning, nasa pays tribute to the crew of "columbia" along with those killed in the "challenger" explosion and in a fire during an "apollo 1" test. a wreath is being placed at the memorial at the kennedy space center in florida. the man who says he presented to be manti te'o's girlfriend is speaking out. why he decided to kill off the persona he created. he says it was partly because he was in love with te'o. >> me, ronaiah, i was hurting. it hit me like a brick wall. i was like, whoa, i've given so much to this. and i realized in that moment i poured so much into it that i, myself, wasn't getting nothing.
and look at what i was left with. i was crying that morning, i was hurt, emotionally, all kinds of things took over. and so right then and there, i made the decision i can't do this thing anymore. >> he also said the notre dame star had nothing to do with the hoax. dr. phil asked him to recreate that female voice. he initially refused but then he agreed. of course, dr. phil will air that part of the show today. now, let's check out the dow right now because it's flirting with 14,000, which is an important -- it went over and then it kind of dropped a little bit. it's going back and forth. but as you know, 14,000 is a good psychological marker. investors like that kind of thing. allison alison kosik is keeping her eye on this. everyone has an area of expertise. if yours happens to be marijuana, growing it, processing it, selling it, your dream job may be waiting iffer
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dow hit 14,000? you know what we heard? >> a cheer. >> no, we heard absolutely nothing. we could hear a pin drop here. there was no reaction. but, come on, it's a great milestone. what pushed it over the edge was really the optimism over the jobs report. but you know, the fact that we didn't hear much of a reaction really no reaction from the exchange here is because for many people, it's just a round number. it really doesn't mean anything. but then you talk to others who say this is a big deal because it's a reminder that stocks have made a big comeback. you know, the last time it was at this level was five years ago in october of 2007. and then, you know, the bottom started to fall out of the economy, we had the great recession. you know, the dow even went all the way down to 6,500 in 2009. march of 2009. so this really has been a trek upward. one well known economist that we just talked to yesterday says you know what this is? this could be a sign of better things to come. although he is a big bull, and for every bull, there's a bear. i did speak with a bear, another
economist who said this is like a correction waiting to happen. so it depends on who you talko about how exciting this is, how momentous it is. it is a nice round number and it was nice to see it on the screen, even for a few seconds. >> i think a lot of people are confused about what the state of our economy actually is. >> well, and that's why some wonder what is the point of the dow hitting 14,000. and, by the way, it's not even the record high, the record high is 14,164, and, yes, a lot of people talk about, you know, the disconnect. we see the dow reaching these highs that we haven't seen in five years, yet, the jobs market is recovering, but we've still got 12 million people out of work so people think what gives. at the very least, it really instills confidence because it instills confidence not just in investors, but regular investors and consumers too because maybe you'll see that headline in the newspaper tomorrow about the dow hitting 14,000. and over time, it shows that the economic recovery is happening, albeit slowly, but that can help in the end to grow the economy.
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yeah, we want to continue with our breaking news as we told you a bit ago, the dow hit 14,000. it's going back and forth a little bit. this comes on the heels of the jobs report. it was released at 8:30 eastern this morning. and it showed the economy is sort of like, you know, crawling along at a slow pace, but at least it's going in the right direction. let's head to new york and check in with our business guru christine romans. she knows about it more than i do. good morning, christine. >> that was perfect economic analysis. crawling around kind of moving ahead. you know, you're absolutely right. the most important part of this is that number modest jobs growth, it kind of allayed concerns we might be heading to a soft patch. the economy actually shrank at
the end of last year, big surprise, and now the jobs report shows us that job growth was strong in november and december and a little more modest in january. and so now people aren't very concerned about some sort of a rough patch in the early part of the year barring washington doing anything really crazy. so 14,000 in the dow, you know, the path of least resistance is still higher for stocks because lots of people like you and me, carol, regular investors after the s&p has doubled over the past five years, now they believe it and are rushing in with money. >> it's hard to wrap your mind around. because there's still 12 million people unemployed and the unemployment rate went up a smidge to 7.9%. >> there's main street and wall street. and stocks reflect how companies are doing and how investors are doing and the return that shareholders are getting on their investments. and that's different than what's happening on main street and how many people are unemployed, how many people are actually getting work. and what i've seen happen is this two-tier recovery. where if you have a job and you can pay your mortgage and you have some investments, you have
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>> welcome to a special super bowl edition of "newsroom," this is a live look at the super dome in new orleans, louisiana, where the san francisco 49ers will face off against the baltimore ravens in super bowl xlvii. we'll take you to the big easy for a look at unique angles of this year's game. but first, we want to get your take on one of the stories making headlines this morning. and it is today's talkback question. should the nfl's chris culliver be penalized for anti-gay comments? here we are ready to kick back and watch the super bowl, and bam, he ignites culture wars spurred on by artie lang's question about gay guys. >> i don't do that. >> are there any on the 49ers? >> no, they don't got no gay people on the team. they got to get up out of here if they do. can't be with that sweet stuff. >> is that true? >> that's true. >> they might be able to play
well. >> nah. nah. can't be in the locker room, nah. >> hello, did culliver forget he plays for san francisco the cradle of the gay rights movement? apparently, yes, because he later apologized. >> i'm sorry i offended anyone. that was very ugly comments and that's not what i feel in my heart and hopefully i can learn and grow from this experience in this situation. and i love san francisco. >> already there are calls for his suspension. quote, culliver must be suspe suspended if the nfl is serious about taking on homophobia within the ranks. still, they're the minority. former nfl corner back wade davis came out as gay only after he stopped playing. davis says conquering the nfl's
macho culture is no easy task. >> well, the ideas of masculinity, you know, to prove that you're tough, to prove that you can be one of the guys. that notion is very present in the nfl. and in the locker room. >> so the talkback question today, should the nfl's chris culliver be penalized for his anti-gay comments? facebook.com/carolcnn or tweet me @carolcnn. now on to new orleans where super bowl history is being made this morning. rival coaches holding a joint news conference may not sound like a big deal. but, of course, this year, those coaches have a history together. talking about the harbaugh brothers john and jim. mark mckay is outside the super dome. and i'm guessing they didn't get into game strategy. >> not at all. it was fun, still a bit awkward, carol, with both brothers john and jim facing the media. for the first time i can
remember, it always happens, both head coaches meet the media the friday before the super bowl, but here in new orleans it was jim and john harbaugh sitting in two chairs with the lombardi trophy right between them. one of the two brothers will be holding that trophy come sunday. so it is certainly a super bowl of mixed feelings for the harbaugh family. as for one of the questions that was fired at the brothers, could one brother work for the other? >> i would love to work for jim, i'd love it. it'd be the greatest thing in the world and we almost made it happen at stanford at one time. and it'd be an honor to have him on the staff, great coach. you always try to get great coaches and there's none better than jim harbaugh. i mean it. no better coaches than this guy sitting right here. >> reporter: and this could very well be, carol, all in the family next chapter. why? because john's son jay is
currently on -- see, i knew i'd mess that up. jim's son jay is on john's ravens coaching staff. this is hard to keep up with, the harbaugh family -- >> too many harbaughs. >> reporter: this will keep going on and on. >> i like how one wears a suit and the other dresses casually. just kind of differentiates them a little bit. what did they say about their mom? >> well, another thing about this story is they're all "js." jack the dad, jackie the mom. they have love for both of their parents. jack being the football father and mom being the nurturing mom and teaching these two young boys there's more to life than just football. bringing them up and making them realize that it's not all about the game that their father, a successful college coach was able to pass along to them. as any nurturing mom would do, she would let them know it's all about life and not just football, although i have a feeling it'll be hard for her to convince them of that this weekend here in new orleans, carol. >> right, mark mckay reporting
live from new orleans, thanks so much. so, it's a family affair for the harbaughs, reminds us of another sports family. this one with ties to one of the super bowl team cities. we're talking about the ripkens of baltimore. cal sr. was a player, coach, and manager, he's the only dad to manage two sons at the same time in the big leagues so to speak. cal jr., baseball's all-time iron man and his brother billy. here's what cal had to say about the harbaughs. >> they're probably thinking about it the same way that billy and i did or even billy and i and dad is that this is our job. this is our normal life, this is what we go on every single day. and they probably don't give a second thought to the fact that they're brothers or they're a family and this is a unique sort of situation. i would guess they'll look back on it and have the same sort of feelings, but right now, they're in the trenches. they're doing what they do best, they're enjoying it, they love it, so maybe just maybe they don't appreciate it as much as they will in the future. >> maybe not.
everyone's still talking about beyonce. she had been silent, perhaps ironically silent after it leaked that she had lip synced the national anthem at president obama's inauguration. but with her next performance days away, the superstar answered her critics in one dramatic fashion. here's carlos diaz. ♪ and the home of the brave >> any questions? >> let me say what everyone's thinking. that was the first in your face of the super bowl. you walking out here and nailing that national anthem. >> thank you so much. >> did all of that flak unnecessary or not affect what
you were doing at halftime? >> i always sing live. if there's -- this inauguration was, unfortunately, a time where i could not rehearse with the orchestra, actually because i was practicing for the super bowl. it was always the plan. >> and after her singing was done on this stage. beyonce wanted to explain to everyone why she used a backing track at the presidential inauguration. >> i am a perfectionist. due to the weather, due to the delay, due to no proper sound check, i did not feel comfortable taking a risk. >> but will beyonce be lip syncing at halftime when the world is watching this sunday? >> i am well rehearsed, and i will absolutely be singing live. this is what i was born to do. >> beyonce kept tight-lipped about a rumored destiny's child reunion and a possible cameo from her husband jay-z at halftime. but she definitely had butterflies. >> of course, i'm nervous. it's the one thing when i'm no
longer here, it's what they're going to show. >> carlos diaz reporting. the big game in the big easy, this year fans can expect cajun cooking to go along with the burgers and beers. and it's more than just jumbalaya and gumbo. did you know this sunday marks the tenth time that new orleans has hosted the super bowl? it's now tied with miami. for the most games hosted by one city. [ male announcer ] you are a business pro.
>> it's not about one game, it's about my life. >> getting a tattoo shows san francisco fans they're crazy for the 49ers, but there's something different about the fans in baltimore. when i say they love their raichs, they adore them. when you meet them, you'll understand what i mean. >> the city glows ravens purple. >> hosting an alcohol-fueled pep rally. >> we're a drinking town with a football problem. that's baltimore. we tailgate for the football games and everything. we're die hard, we bleed purple. we're the ravens. >> what other city will be up at 6:00 in the morning partying on a monday? we don't care. we're supporting our team.
we're supporting our team. >> i can't even explain to you how insane it is here in baltimore. >> what time is it? >> game time. >> it's crazy, right? >> ladies and gentlemen, your super bowl bound baltimore ravens. >> reporter: not if you understand the ravens are baltimore. a symbol for a city eager to overcome its gritty image. >> we love you, we love you, we're going to give you everything we got. baltimore, we love you. >> and no one has epitomized baltimore's road to redemption more than ray lewis. make no mistake, lewis defines the ravens. >> we have a tenacious team, one of our mat toottos is being relentless. the story of our people and the ravens play that out every time they take the field. >> the ravens are feeding this by supporting super fans like captain defense, baltimore bird
man, disciple, and poetic justice. every nfl franchise has such super fans. team mascots, if you will, who are active in the community. >> no offense to the other 31 teams, we got the best super fans in the nfl. >> let's face it, what other super fan has a '52 buick painted in purple. on sunday, everyone here will be a super fan awaiting what they know will be baltimore's chance to show the world it's a winner. >> it's a crazy town, but one of the most fun stories i've ever done. on the eve of the super bowl, cnn is live in new orleans with our take on the biggest sporting event in the country. what it means to the city, how it became such a cultural phenomenon. join us for kickoff in new orleans. cnn bleacher report special airs tomorrow afternoon, 4:00 eastern. it's the west coast versus the east coast, and super bowl fans are going crazy for their teams. look at the mayors of each city. i bet you can guess which mayor
is which. they'll join us next. san francisco and baltimore in the middle of that super bowl frenzy, but can you name four teams that have never played in the super bowl? my detroit lions is one of those teams. we'll be right back. [ laughs ] now this is a test drive. whoa! you really feel all 335 foot-pounds of torque. it's chevy truck month! silverado was also recognized for the lowest cost of ownership.
before the break, we asked you which teams have never played in a super bowl, well, the unfortunately four are, the cleveland browns, the detroit lions, the houston texans and the jacksonville jaguars, but hope springs eternal. and i say that as a detroit lions fan. we want to have some fun with the mayors of the two super bowl team cities, edwin lee from san francisco and stephanie rollins from the city of baltimore. welcome to you both. >> thank you. >> i'm glad to be here, thank you. hi, mayor, how are you doing? >> fantastic, how are you? >> great. great. i look forward to you coming over here. >> oh. oh, mayor lee, what do you mean by that? have you already made a bet? >> oh, we have. we have. and it includes when we win that super bowl, you know, mayor of baltimore will be here in san francisco. we've got a wonderful, a beautiful red and gold jersey waiting for her, and then i've
got her bib, i got her bib right here. she's going to be wearing this when she cracks our crabs down at fisherman's wharf. >> all right. what do you have if the ravens pull out a win? >> i've always known mayor lee as such a gracious statesman, now he's talking trash. i don't know what happened to him this morning. i look forward to hosting him for a day of seafood and service. i'll show him what real crabs are, maryland blue crabs and we'll work with the corps of volunteers on a day of service. he'll love baltimore. i'm looking forward to hosting you again. >> that is excellent. >> i'm looking forward either way. either way. it's great, our baltimore mayor is wonderful, we both worked together at the u.s. conference of mayors, but i'm looking forward to her having a great time over here. the 9ers don't get to the super bowl too often; but when they
do, they win it. >> he's rubbing it in again. >> i know, he's rubbing your face in it. it's unbelievable. mayor, seriously, what does it mean to your city that the 49ers are in the super bowl? >> well, you know, it's been 18 years. and i've been looking at the old tapes of what it used to be. it's great. any time a city, baltimore, san francisco, when we make the super bowl, it's the national sports event. it is everybody focused on it. the spirit of the city is up, people are anticipating every single player everything that we say and do is all a great city spirit. i'm glad because baltimore is also a wonderful city, as well. and, you know, our leader, leader pelosi, she has family there and emanated from there, her family, we've got connections all over the country. this is unique because it's east coast west coast, and it's going to be a national pass time for everybody.
>> so mayor rawlings-blake, sorry, mayor lee, i'm going to root for the ravens this year. but tell me -- >> thank you. >> tell me, ms. mayor, what do the ravens mean to baltimore? because i have never experienced such crazy, crazy fans and i'm from cleveland. >> yeah. the ravens mean so much to baltimore. the ravens are relentless. we are often underestimated and that's when we shine the best. and, you know, i feel for you from cleveland, but at least you're able to keep the name. the browns. you have to have some sympathy for us. and, again, you know, we're always underestimated, but we always overperform, and i'm really looking forward to hosting mayor lee. we have a great working relationship, we're going to keep it going. >> i'm going to ask you both for predictions. so mayor lee, what do you think the score will be? >> yeah, you know, we're -- they are two -- i have to say, two very good football teams. they have strong defenses, but, you know, i got to say, with our
quarterback, kaepernick, with gore, with our fantastic receivers, i'm going to say that when it gets to the third and fourth quarter, we're going to do a little blowing out. i think we're going to have a close game, but it'll be exciting one. and one that i think will edge out. >> mayor rawlings-blake? >> i think it'll be an exciting game, but i'm sure by the third quarter we'll have it done. >> thank you mayors, it was a great time. >> thank you so much. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> okay. >> thanks so much. we'll be right back. when you have diabetes... your doctor will say get smart about your weight. that's why there's glucerna hunger smart shakes. they have carb steady, with carbs that digest slowly to help minimize blood sugar spikes. [ male announcer ] glucerna hunger smart.
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the super bowl ads are my favorite part of the game. this year is an exciting new development. easer ads that tease you toward the ads in the big game. this is now a brand new phenomenon and it is no joke. >> think of it as ads for the ads. >> yes, ads for the ads. >> okay, this is great tivo watchers have something to practice fast forwarding through. >> that was really funny. we have to talk about the san francisco 49ers quarterback. his name is colin kaepernick, he's sort of this accidental quarterback who kisses his biceps and praises god. here's joe carter. >> colin, we believe has the hot hand and we'll go with colin. >> at the time, jim harbaugh's decision seemed very risky. 11 games into the season, he benched his veteran quarterback and placed the weight of a franchise on the shoulders of a player unknown to many outside san francisco. the move was bold, but it
worked. and this team hasn't looked back since. >> what he's accomplished, what he's done, we're so happy for his success. and, you know, the kind of young man that his parents raised his family, his hometown, his high school coaches and college coaches. >> this boom or bust project has turned into one of the nfl's biggest play makers. is what his teammates began to buy into, as well. >> he wants to be successful. he wants to be great. >> he says i just want to play. i want to play. i want my opportunity. i can see the fire in his eyes. he just wanted to prove what he can do. >> maybe he doesn't realize how difficult it is to get here as a first year starting quarterback. to be thrust into this limelight. maybe there's a feeling that, okay, you know, i'll be doing this several times throughout my career. even though it's a big moment, i think the team believes he will be the same colin kaepernick
from day one. >> for a quarterback in the nfl to be known for his tats -- >> bible versus and artwork cover most of kaepernick's upper body and his entire back. if you want insight into the psyche of this 25-year-old, look at the words inked on the inside of his arms. >> it says my gift is my curse. i feel like that's something that applies to my life in many different ways. being an nfl quarterback, there's a lot of advantages that come with it. there's a lot of doors open when you're a quarterback. at the same time, you're under a lot of scrutiny. >> in november, a sporting news columnist stirred up a fuss by suggesting his all-encompassing tattoos were far more common place among prison inmates than nfl quarterbacks. >> i don't really care what people think about my tattoos. i got them for me and to show people this is what i believe in. god has brought me this far.
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>> both san francisco and baltimore are getting ready to play in the new orleans super dome this weekend. and did you know that dallas and pittsburgh have made the most appearances in the super bowl, the cowboys and steelers making the big game eight times each. i'm so jealous. member of the san francisco 49ers has now apologized for saying he would not want to have a gay teammate. cnn's brian todd has our story. >> reporter: he's an obscure reserve defensive back who has stolen the story lines a the the super bowl. chris culliver was asked by artie lang on his show about feelings towards gays. >> no, i don't do the gay guys. no, i don't do that. >> any on the 49ers? >> no. they ain't got no gay people on the team, you know. they got to get up out of here if they do. can't be with that sweet stuff. >> reporter: within hours, the pressure on culliver had gathered critical mass. he was asked what he would say to the people of his team's
hometown, one of the world's most tolerant people toward the gay community. >> that was very ugly comments and that's not what i feel in my heart. >> reporter: the 49ers who previously launched a public service campaign against the bullying of gays issued a statement saying the team rejects culliver's comments and have addressed the matter with him. there's no malice in culliver's heart. >> he regrets that. that's not who he is and what he really believes in. >> reporter: but he is part of an alpha male culture in the locker room. so far, no athlete in any major professional team sport in the u.s. has come out as openly gay while actively playing. in four plus years trying out with the redskins and seattle seahawks, wade davis never acknowledged he was gay. he didn't come out until june of last june. >> the ideas of masculinity. to prove you're tough, to prove that you can be one of the guys, that that notion is very present. in the nfl.
and in the locker rooms. >> davis says he doesn't see a player coming out as openly gay in pro sports for a couple of years. he says one thing that would help that along would be if more heterosexual players showed some support, recently some have, he has spoken out strongly about equality in marriage and other issues. brian todd, cnn, washington. >> and that was our talkback question this morning. should the nfl's chris culliver be penalized for his anti-gay comments? what happened to freedom of speech? he should know better to say what he did. let's see how macho he is with the fire storm. this from joey, yes, suspend him for the super bowl. from jerry, penalize for what? expressing the way he feels? are we going to start legislating thoughts now? i don't think like racist, but they're entitled to their opinions. this from paul, hate speech is not freedom of speech. what with bullying in schools
and suicides by gay kids. this is not acceptable by role models. and this from carol. unless there's some penalty clause in his contract for speaking your mind, then no. he'll be tried in the court of public opinion anyway. he already has been. keep the conversation going, facebook.com/carolcnn or tweet me @carolcnn. and cnn is live in new orleans with our take on the biggest sporting event in the country. what it means to the city, how it became such a cultural phenomenon and so much more. join us for kickoff in new orleans. tomorrow afternoon, 4:00 p.m. eastern. i'm carol costello. thank you so much for joining us today. happy super bowl sunday. i can't wait. "cnn newsroom" continues right now with ashleigh banfield. that is one excited anchor, carol costello, i know you love your football. i'll be thinking about you on sunday. hi, everybody, it's good to have you with us. i want to take you straight to wall street. big, big story happening. stocks are surging. and i don't mean